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Steps in Finding Assisted Living - Richmond, VA

- Friday, August 22, 2014

Finding assisted living residences for loved ones can be challenging and daunting. Once you have found assisted living homes that you would like to visit, there are a few more steps that need to be taken.

Next: Make the Call

Call each potential residence and ask for a general overview of their facilities. Remember that the person you speak with will most likely be a marketing or sales representative whose job is to promote the residence.

Always look at reviews and ask around. There are resources available to you where you can find out more about each home.

If you’re still interested after the call, ask that more information be mailed to you or your loved one, including:

  • Brochures.
  • A price list.
  • A map or floor plan.
  • A copy of the residents’ rights and rules.
  • Copies of all the documents that will need to be signed before admittance, including, most important, the contract (sometimes referred to as residency, occupancy, or admission agreements).

Once you receive these materials, review them carefully with your loved one and write down all the questions that come to mind. Strike any residences from your list that don’t meet your criteria.

Plan to Visit

First, it is imperative that you involve your loved one in the choices about his or her care. Take them with you on the tours of each facility and let them handle as much of the talking and decision-making as possible.

Always visit an assisted living home at different times. Don’t go back to the same residence at the same time, that way you can get a feel for what you loved one’s entire day will be like. Talk to staff and other residents as well.

For more information on looking for assisted living, contact Spring Arbor.